Daylight Savings sees the team of director David Boyle and actor/musician Goh Nakamura together again with a follow-up to last year’s romantic comedy Surrogate Valentinewhere Nakamura reprises his alternate-universe version of himself. In the film, his character (also named Goh) finds that life is no longer imitating art as his suddenly successful life no longer mimics his lovelorn lyrics.
He finds himself as a successful working musician, booking tours, and with a song of his in major rotation (albeit in an unexpected place). Everything seems to be in order; he no longer pines for his longtime crush Rachel (Lynn Chen), and carries on a blissful relationship with Erika (Ayako Fujitani). The only thing amiss is their long-distance relationship, which, as seems to be Goh’s fate, turns ugly over a Skype call, ending in a devastating breakup. To get over the heartbreak, Goh’s eccentric ex-con cousin Mike (Michael Aki) takes him on a therapeutic road trip to Las Vegas to get Goh’s game back. Their romantic target is Yea-Ming (from real-life indie band Dreamdate), a fellow musician who Goh has developed an unexpected connection with. But is he ready to move on from Erika?
Less of a sequel and more of a next chapter, Daylight Savings strikes a more dreamy and melancholic tone than the previous film, while still poking fun at the lifestyle of the working musician–full of failures, long car rides and idiosyncratic occurrences that are fast becoming a staple of Boyle’s. Yea-Ming Chen is a revelation as the understated and charming potential sweetheart. The chemistry between Nakamura and Yea-Ming is undeniable, and serves as a reminder that seemingly simple moments can be pivotal, and that timing is everything when it comes to love.